283 pages, published 1987
Again, you really can’t go wrong with Terry Pratchett and, seeing as I’m working my way through the series, you’ll probably get a few of these.
Equal Rites starts with an elderly and dying wizard coming to a small town to bequeath his staff and all his magic powers to the seventh son of a seventh son – imagine everyone’s surprise when the child turns out to be a girl! Right in the middle of novel battling back and forth between the gender inequalities inherent to both witch and wizarding traditions of magic, our young magic-seeker finds herself having to make her way through the these stereotypes to get where she wants, aided of course by her (ever stereotypical) elderly witch guardian. 3/5